Author and historian Philip L. Russell writes about Mexico for The Rag Blog. He has written a three-part series about the presidency of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, a reign which, Philip says, "has been marked by corruption, social inequality, and broken promises." The latest installment was published in The Rag Blog. On today's show we will discuss the Peña Nieto presidency, as well as related issues like the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, immigration, and Trump's great wall (and whether Mexico is going to pay for it!).
In his new article, headlined "Another bad year for Mexico's Peña Nieto," Philip writes:
"December 1, 2015, marked the half-way point of President Enrique Peña Nieto's six-year term. At that time his approval rating stood at 39 percent -- the lowest such rating for any Mexican president this century. As reported in the paper Reforma, during the following year his approval rating sunk to 24 percent as a result of his failure to address chronic problems as well as new aggravations.
"According to the government's own statistical agency, known by its acronym as INEGI, the Mexican public considers insecurity and criminality to be their country's gravest problem. Peña Nieto, rather than making a dent in the social and economic problems which lead young people to join drug gangs, has continued his predecessor's failed policy of combating trafficking by taking out kingpins. ..."
Philip Russell is an author, historian, and expert on Mexico who lives in Austin. Philip's sixth book, a textbook published by Routledge, is The Essential History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present, which traces the last 500 years of Mexican history, from the indigenous empires that were devastated by the Spanish conquest to the election of 2012. Philip's writings on Mexico have appeared in sources ranging from the Austin Chronicle to The New York Times and he writes about Mexico and Latin America for The Rag Blog.
This is Philip' s fifth visit to Rag Radio. Find podcasts of shows with Philip Russell here and find Philip's Rag Blog articles at this link.
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